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A quick rebuttal 

Editor:

This is kind of a rebuttal to Linda Butler in Tonopah.

There is such a thing called due diligence. When you buy a house or property it should be taken seriously. You moved to the country where there are dairy farms (cows), chickens, horses, pigs, and various other farm and wild animals. These produce various odors. These were there long before you bought your property. So why all the fuss? Is it because you didn’t do your due diligence? The people who raise these animals bring jobs and income to their respective communities. You do have rights, but you should respect the rights of these people also.

Lee Jablow

Goodyear

Beef and dairy farmers are committed to the environment

Editor:

Important environment conversations often lead back to food production — something that, as a fourth-generation Arizona dairy farmer, I am very passionate about.

Sustainable practices are the heartbeat of our farm. We recycle all water and utilize the manure from the cows as fertilizer on the crops that we raise to feed our cows. Additionally, cattle are fantastic upcyclers — meaning, their ruminant digestive systems turn things that humans can’t eat, like grass, other forages and byproducts, into beef and milk for human consumption. 

Byproducts that our dairy’s nutritionist formulates into our cows’ diets include cotton seeds (from local cotton), spent distillers grains, and bakery and produce waste (expired or too “ugly” from grocery stores) that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. By upcycling these materials, we add nutritional and environmental value, while producing food highly nutritious to humans.

There is widespread misrepresentation of beef production to make it seem like we’re environmentally unfriendly. This simply is not true. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, beef production in the United States is only responsible for 2% of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Even when the production of animal feed, fuel and electricity necessary for beef production is factored into the equation, it is still responsible for just 3.7% of GHG.

While caring for the environment and our natural resources, we are also producing nutrient-rich beef and dairy products to feed a growing global population.

Every day I thank you for supporting Arizona beef and dairy farmers. We are committed to continuously improving the way we care for our land and cattle to ensure a sustainable food supply.

Clint Gladden

Saddle Mountain Dairy

Buckeye

Disparity in Buckeye swim programming

Editor:

Shame on the city of Buckeye for abandoning swim team! 

Buckeye states that swim lessons are the best option due to the percentage of child drownings. How about we talk about the percentage of Buckeye 10- to 18-year-olds suffering under this COVID-19 pandemic? 

Let’s talk about the exponential rise in calls to mental health crisis lines or the overwhelmed mental health floors at PCH. Our kids have taken the brunt of this pandemic. From school closure to loss of activity to limits of social time to denying them rites of passage, our kids took it. They tumbled along. 

Our kids deserve something normal. Something to get their physical bodies in action, to give them a healthy habit in place of maladaptive coping skills thrust at them in the name of survival. The city proudly broke ground on a lake and splash pad. More things for toddlers and young children. What do you have for my 14- and 16-year-olds in the form of physical fitness in a group dynamic (aka socialization)? 

Lessons will not suffice and are no safer than team. COVID has created a scapegoat of blame. Loss of funds? COVID. Need to reshape outcomes? COVID. Safety and mitigation to appear “safe”? COVID. Call it what it is and what the CDC called it — hygiene theater!

The perks of living in a city come with programs, amenities and options to invigorate and stimulate the health and well-being of the city’s residents. 

So, please, justify for me and for my 14- and 16-year-olds why you are taking even more from them. Why is your bottom line more important than their physical and mental health? Because I’m sure the city will step in when our teens’ epidemic of obesity or massive mental health crisis rise exponentially, right? Because, friend, we are already there.

Amy Speight

Buckeye